The apology is for her sister as well as for herself: even such prudence (cp. 68 “νοῦν”) as may have been inborn forsakes the unfortunate under the stress of their misfortunes. βλάστῃ: cp. El. 238 “ἐν τίνι τοῦτ᾽ ἔβλαστ᾽ ἀνθρώπων”; O. C. 804 “φύσας...φρένας” (n.). τοῖς κ. πράσσουσιν, dat. of interest: Tr. 132 “μένει γὰρ οὔτ᾽ αἰόλα νὺξ ι βροτοῖσιν.” ἐξίσταται, stands aside, gives place (Ai. 672); and so, leaves its proper place, becomes deranged: cp. Eur. Bacch. 928 “ἀλλ᾽ ἐξ ἕδρας σοι πλόκαμος ἐξέστηχ᾽ ὅδε”. The converse phrase is commoner, “ἐξίσταμαι τῶν φρενῶν”: cp. 1105.—Schneidewin cp. Antigone fr. 165 “ἄκουσον: οὐ γὰρ οἱ κακῶς πεπραγότες ι σὺν ταῖς τύχαισι τοὺς λόγους ἀπώλεσαν”,—which plainly glances at our passage. For similar allusions cp. O. C. 1116 n.
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